Child Care

We suggest:

  • Children thrive best in healthy and stable families.
  • Child care is the care of the child, no matter who provides that care.
  • Public policy on childcare should
    • place the child’s wellbeing first,
    • recognize that children and families have diverse needs and situations, and
    • be equitable and flexible to accommodate the various childcare options that families may choose to meet their needs.

Supporting Research

A Positive Vision for Child Care Policy Across Canada
Start Here
January 21, 2019
Avoiding the social and economic pitfalls of "universal" child care.
Look Before You Leap: The Real Costs and Complexities of National Daycare
Andrea Mrozek, Peter Jon Mitchell, Brian Dijkema
May 6, 2021
The federal budget of 2021 offers national daycare at a cost of $30 billion over five years, with an annual cost of $9.2 billion after that. This sounds like a lot of funding, but is it enough? This research report offers a detailed assessment of the real cost of national daycare and the amounts that provincial governments will realistically be responsible for contributing once the federal funding is spent.
Family Policy Brief
Peter Jon Mitchell, Andrea Mrozek
April 7, 2021
Strong, stable families are irreplaceable and are foundational to a healthy society. Good family policy can also enhance family well-being by addressing the diverse needs of families and their most vulnerable members, children.

Explorations

Exit COVID: Toward What Matters Most (Two Night Virtual Event)
June 22, 2021
Join us as we Exit COVID: Toward what matters most.
COVID Hope From Healthy Families
Convivium
Winnie Lui, Todd Martin
November 13, 2020
Winnie Lui reports on research by Trinity Western sociologist Todd Martin revealing that around the world even the hardships of the pandemic have become sources of family strength.
What’s Wrong With Canada’s Child Care Picture?
Convivium
Peter Stockland, Peter Jon Mitchell
September 17, 2019
Peter Jon Mitchell, acting director of Cardus Family, details a new report showing how federal and provincial child care policies distort the way Canadians care for their kids.

Media Coverage

Give Parents a Choice in Child Care
Policy Options
June 14, 2022
"Yet, fundamentally, child care is the care of a child, regardless of who does it," writes Levi Minderhoud, B.C. manager for the Association for Reformed Political Action Canada. Minderhoud picks up a Cardus argument to make his case for direct child care help to parents.  Photo by Aditya Romansa on Unsplash
Alternative Options for Aiding B.C. Child Care Providers
CFAX 1070
April 5, 2022
Andrea Mrozek, Senior Fellow with Cardus, tells host Adam Stirling why British Columbia would help more families by providing child care funding directly to them rather than supporting just one type of centre-based care. Photo by Fringer Cat on Unsplash   
The Flaming Hoops of Death of B.C. Child Care
Times Colonist
April 4, 2022
B.C. parents looking forward to $10-a-day child care shortly are in for disappointment. Provincial mismanagement of child care and disrespect for child care operators has been going on for years and it has hit a boiling point, writes Andrea Mrozek. Photo by Conor Samuel on Unsplash

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